LEAD Technologies is pleased to announce the release of a major update to LEADTOOLS Version 18. Highlighting this release are many new features and enhancements to the entire Document, Medical, Multimedia and Imaging product lines.

Primed for Continued Success

After nearly one year since its original release, LEADTOOLS Version 18 is still booming. Customers around the world captured the vision of LEADTOOLS Anywhere™ and its cross-platform libraries for HTML5, Windows, WinRT, iOS, OS X, Android and Linux. LEAD is building on that success and rewarding its customers by continuing to improve Version 18, all at no cost for registered V18 users and annual maintenance customers.

What's new in the LEADTOOLS Document Engine

OCR and Forms Recognition

  • Faster and more accurate results for all OCR engines
  • Improved OCR Auto-orientation for blank and image-only pages
  • Added support for OCR in Linux
  • Redesigned and expanded Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR) Algorithm
    • Comprehensive data extraction for retrieving EPC, Auxiliary On-Us, Routing number, Account number, Check number and amount
    • Capable of detecting and decoding information from any structured document by analyzing the full-page layout
  • New MICR demos for mobile platforms

Document Formats, Annotations and Virtual Printing

  • Increased performance of PDF I/O operations
  • Additional PDF compression profiles and options including JPEG2000
  • Full support for Microsoft Internet Printing Protocol (IPP)
  • Enhanced Office file format (DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS & XLSX) loading speed and display quality
  • New design for WPF Annotations

Click here for more information on all features within the LEADTOOLS Document Imaging Engine.

What's new in the LEADTOOLS Medical Engine

Image Processing

  • New Stent Boost image processing function and demo
  • Added demo for Image Fusion
  • Improved performance of many processing functions including Multiscale enhancement, tissue equalization and more


  • Expanded DICOM localization support for international character sets
  • Improved image quality for 10/12-bit lossy JPEG2000 and JPEG-LS compressed images
  • New high-level PACS Framework support for C-GET

DICOM Storage Server

  • Improved speed when using large databases
  • New pagination feature in Database Manager, providing faster display and navigation of large queries
  • Simplified implementation of custom database schema with tutorials
  • Added support for configurable query response limit
  • Enhanced archived log searching capabilities

HTML5 Medical Viewer

  • Improved efficiency of asynchronously downloading large series
  • New progress bar indicating status of series download
  • Simplified implementation of custom database schema with tutorials
  • Improved local image capture functionality
  • Optimized image display and image processing speed
  • New API to programmatically launch and control the HTML5 Medical Viewer

Desktop Medical Viewer

  • Additional ruler display customization options for tick marks, shape and measurement unit
  • New functions, tags and events for Image Fusion
  • New callbacks for custom tag implementation
  • Improved automatic image cell alignment

Click here for more information on all features within the LEADTOOLS Medical Imaging Engine.

What's new in the LEADTOOLS Multimedia Engine

  • New Media Foundation RTSP Media Source for streaming data from RSTP Servers
  • Increased conversion speed for WMV to DVD
  • Added support for 4:2:0 YUV color space to the following filters:
    • LEAD Video Resize Filter
    • LEAD Video Crop Filter
    • LEAD Video Subpicture Mixer
    • LEAD Video Frame Rate Controller
    • LEAD Dynamic Video Frame Rate Controller
  • Enhanced multiple monitor capture support in the Screen Capture Filter
  • Added support for VIDEOINFO2 for automatic aspect ratio preservation
  • New OpenGL Rendering Video Callback demo

Click here for more information on all features within the LEADTOOLS Multimedia Imaging Engine.

What's new in the LEADTOOLS Imaging Engine

  • Rebuilt and recertified WinRT libraries for Windows 8.1
  • Added support for Microsoft TypeScript to the LEADTOOLS JavaScript libraries
  • New HTML5 / JavaScript Image Processing Demo
  • Added support for reading ICC profiles from PSD files
  • New file formats:
    • Grayscale PGM
    • DNG

Click here for more information on all features within the LEADTOOLS Imaging Engine.

Just now learning about Version 18? No problem! Click here to see full list of new features from the initial v18 release.